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What exercises will prevent repeat ankle sprains?

Exercises that help to improve flexibility of the calf musculature as well as exercises to improve strength in the muscles of the foot/ankle and hips will be important to decrease your risk of ankle sprains. Start by performing foam rolling of the calf musculature. If you feel a tender spot, hold the foam roller on that spot for approximately 30 seconds. Next, perform static stretches for the calf. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds. Next, perform ankle and hip strengthening exercises such as single-leg calf raises and lateral tube walking. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Lastly, perform balancing exercises such as the single-leg balance reach that force you to use both the ankle and hip muscles to control your leg in an unstable environment. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

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